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Stanley keen to cut it on the international stage

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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JACK Nowell is not the only Cornishman impressing in an England shirt, after another former Pirates youth product Jack Stanley starred in his country's U18s' win over Scotland at the weekend.

While Nowell's accession as a full international continues on the Six Nations stage, 17-year-old Stanley, from Helston, is continuing to make an impact at youth level.

On Sunday the Truro College student was named in head coach John Fletcher's starting XV and played around an hour of England's hard-fought 28-6 win at Dalziel.

This was England's first international of the season as they prepare for next month's FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland.

And Stanley, who plays for Exeter Chiefs' U18s, did his prospects of being included in Fletcher's final squad with a solid display at tight head prop.

He said: "I was pleased with my performance and hopefully I'll get another chance to show what I can do when we play against France.

"It was a great game to play in (against Scotland). They put a lot of pressure on us but we worked very hard and got the result we deserved."

Stanley, a former Helston School and Bolitho School student, is now back at College in Truro, where he is in his first year of a Sports Performance & Excellence course.

This weekend he will be at home in Helston watching England's decisive Six Nations clash with Italy, where Nowell is likely to start for Stuart Lancaster's men.


Like Stanley, Nowell came through the Chiefs' renowned Academy system and the youngster will be hoping to follow in his footsteps.

Stanley said: "It's great to see Jack Nowell doing so well.

"We might be a little out of the way down here but it just shows you anybody can do it if you work hard enough.

"I've obviously got a long way to go but being involved with the Chiefs and England has been a great experience."

Stanley's involvement in the Chiefs' Academy has given the teenager valuable experience playing in the U18s League against sides such as Saracens.

Last season he played in the U18s' Premiership final win against Northampton.

He said: "It's amazing in my age group to be coming up against top young players. It can only help my game. Playing in the final against Northampton was a brilliant experience."

Cornwall's National Under-20 Championship quarter-final will be held at Camborne RFC on Sunday March 30 (2.30pm), the CRFU have announced.

The Duchy's opponents in the last eight have yet to be confirmed, but will be the runners-up in the pool containing Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Kent.

The outcome of that group is still very much up for grabs, with one round of matches still to be played.

Devon could also still qualify for the last eight if they win their second and final group match at home to Dorset and Wilts.

Cornwall had guaranteed themselves a home quarter-final with an impressive 18-15 victory over old foes Devon at Penryn last month.

The Duchy ensured they finished top of Pool Three by making it back-to-back wins after their 37-35 away triumph over Dorset and Wilts in their opening group game.

The semi-finals of the competition are due to be played on April 13 with the final scheduled for May 4.

Three young members of the Cornish Pirates squad – flanker John Stevens, wing Luke Jones and scrum-half Conner Fullerton – were selected for a South West Barbarians side who were due to play the Royal Navy at Taunton RFC last night (Wednesday).

Several Exeter Chiefs were set to feature for the Barbarians, including ex-internationals Sireli Naqelevuki (Fiji) and Ceri Sweeney (Wales).

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